Fordata language

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Fordata
Vaidida
Native toIndonesia
RegionTanimbar Islands
Native speakers
50,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3frd
Glottologford1242

Fordata (Vai Fordata, Vai Tnebar) is an Austronesian language spoken in the Tanimbar Islands of the Moluccas. It is closely related to Kei, and more distantly to Yamdena, both also spoken in the Tanimbar Islands.[2]

Phonology[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Labial Dental/
Alveolar
Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless k ʔ
voiced b d
Fricative voiceless f s h
voiced v
Nasal m n ŋ
Lateral l
Trill r
Approximant w j
  • Glottal sounds /h ʔ/ only occur intervocalically.
  • /v/ can often be heard as [w] among younger speakers.
  • /r/ can also be heard in free variation with a flap sound [ɾ].

Vowels[edit]

Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a
  • Sounds /i e/ have lax sounds of [ɪ ɛ]
  • /a/ can have an allophone of [ə] when before a consonant, or in word-final position.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fordata at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Mills, Roger F. (1991). "Tanimbar-Kei: An Eastern Indonesian Subgroup". In Robert Blust (ed.). Currents in Pacific Linguistics: Papers on Austronesian Languages and Ethnolinguistics in Honour of George W. Grace. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 241–263.
  3. ^ Marshall, Craig (2000). "A Phonological Description of Fordata". In Grimes, C. E. (ed.). Spices from the East: Papers in Languages of Eastern Indonesia. PL-503. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 181–235. doi:10.15144/PL-503.181.

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